Do you have a gift closet? Not sure what that is?
It is space in a closet in your house that you shop for those last minute gift needs without stress or rushing to a store. I have a closet where I store my gift stash. There have been times when having a gift stash has saved me a last minute, and often expensive trip to the store for a gift, and there have been times where I neglected to maintain my gift stash and it has cost me more than I could afford.
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A gift stash shouldn’t be a hodge podge of random things you wouldn’t use yourself, but a well thought out, carefully shopped, available stash of items you can gift to friends, coworkers, and family for last minute dinner invites, birthdays, house warmings, and just because someone may need a pick me up after an illness.
A gift stash is actually about thinking of others first and being prepared for that unexpected need for a gift.
The best way to stock up a gift stash is to shop all year. Especially for the best bargains and those little unexpected items you may find on a trip that you immediately think would be a good gift for someone. A gift stash does NOT have huge expensive items. Instead it becomes a well maintained available stash for that little something special whenever you need it.
I have included links to some of my favorite ideas in the list below.
35 Ideas to stock up your gift closet
- Candle Warmers
- Candle Wax Melts
- Decorative candle holders
- Fancy Pens
- Funny sticky note pads or office supplies
- Salt and Pepper Shakers
- Hand lotions
- Kitchen Towels
- Small kitchen utensils
- Coffee Cups
- Travel Mugs
- Decorative and specialty soaps
- Hand soaps
- Body Wash from Bath & Body Works
- Calendars (only at the end of the year)
- Board games
- Decorative bowls
- Christmas ornaments
- Anything from the local sports teams or colleges
- Picture frames
- Seasonal jams and jellies
- Inspirational or Devotional Books
- Soup mixes
- Coffee, tea, and hot chocolate mixes
- Lip Balms
I could probably add more and more items, but the thing to keep in mind is to be proactive, creative, and resourceful all year to keep your gift closet full of fun gifts for family and friends.
And don’t forget to stock up on gift bags, gift wrap, tape, tags, and ribbons.